In a nutshell, I am wondering what the best graphics card would be for my (quite old) desktop computer, which has:
-a 350W power supply
-a maximum of 18A along the +12V rails
In case it helps, other specs are as follows:
Model: Dell Dimensions 5150
Pentium D Dual Core 2.8GHz processor
I had an nVidia Geforce 8500GT for several years (which, incidentally, was overclocked to 1GB and cost £50), but the performance on many games was "iffy" to say the least. That card has recently committed suicide and I'm taking the opportunity to get a new card.
I've been eyeing the 7950GT, but I'm not 100% convinced, from the various sources I've checked out, that the card would work in my machine.
My budget is around £100 ($163), give or (preferably) take.
Interesting... I always thought (or assumed, perhaps) it was a graphics problem. As an example, Oblivion would always stutter during combat. This improved dramatically when I turned off shadows in the graphics settings, but was still a problem. Similar problems appeared in other games that were partly fixed by turning down graphics.
I'm just trying to upgrade to a good card that will operate on the power supply I stated. I've heard favourable reviews of the 7950GT, but I am by no means set on that one. If there are better cards than that, I'm all ears.